In our ongoing effort to know and help our community, Auntie Bellum will be talking with organizations about what they do, how they do it, and who they’re trying to help. You can find out more about the remarkable work of Just Call Me Q.U.E.E.N. online or by attending their Meet & Greet at Sandhills Public Library, May 14 at 1:00 pm.
What is your organization’s mission?
The mission of Just Call Me Q.U.E.E.N. is to motivate, encourage, and empower young women through mentorship. In addition, our vision is to help spread Sisterhood, Education and Elevation using a faith-based approach.
Who does your organization serve/who benefits from your organization and how?
Just Call Me Q.U.E.E.N. serves young ladies between the ages of 14 to 18 years old. We strive to enhance their lives through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one mentorship for individual and group advancement.
Workshop and seminar topics include, but are not limited to: financial literacy, health & fitness, entrepreneurship, educational & career advancement.
What areas/locales does your organization serve?
JCMQ is based in Columbia, SC and we currently service youth in the Metropolitan area and surrounding communities of Columbia, SC.
How else does your organization impact the community/are there local, regional, or national organizations with which you’re partnered?
Over the last couple of months our organization has partnered with different churches and organizations such as Only God’s Word Christian Church, Christ Teens Non-Profit Organization, and Ridgeview High School. We have also ventured out to Jacksonville, FL to service the youth at New Season Worship & Deliverance Temple through community service and motivational speaking.
JCMQ has served each church and school through community service, motivational speaking, and sponsorship of students and programs.
Who are important leaders within your organization, and what do they do?
Diamond Allen is our founder; she is a recent graduate of Benedict College and a first year MSW Candidate at Clark Atlanta University.
LaRonda Kennedy is our secretary; she is a 2011 graduate of Benedict College.
Tonisha Roberts is our Membership Intake Woman; she is also a recent graduate of Benedict College.
Rayana Briggs is our Membership Outreach Woman; she is currently a sophomore at Winthrop University.
Briana Washington is our Treasurer and Fundraising Chair Woman; she is a recent Benedict College Graduate as well.
What resources does your organization rely on in order for it to operate successfully?
Our organization relies on the participation of our mentees and their parents, our mentors, and the surrounding communities (volunteers, goods, and services) for JCMQ to operate successfully.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing your organization/what does your organization need most right now?
One of the biggest challenges our organization faces is funding. We are in the process of raising funds to attain our 501c3. JCMQ needs to raise over $1500; $700 (501c3 Package), $400 (IRS Fee) and our additional monthly expenses that ensure our mentees are receiving quality services from JCMQ Staff.
What types of opportunities does your organization provide for volunteers?
Volunteers of JCMQ provide opportunities to service our youth during our monthly group mentoring sessions. Our volunteers service our youth through programs that educate our mentees on Self-Esteem/Self-Worth, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and Educational/Career Advancement.
Is your organization involved in any upcoming events?
JCMQ is having our summer Meet & Greet on May 14, 2016 at 1pm. This event will held at the Sandhills Public Library. During this time the public can meet my team and I, learn more about the programs and services JCMQ has to offer, and also sign up to be a mentee (14-18 years old) or mentor (21+ and older).
What’s the best way for someone to contact your organization to find out more about its services?
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